Barbados invites people working from home to move to island for 12 months

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact industries around the world and has many of us to working from home, there could be a silver lining to what feels like an eternity in lockdown.

According to the Barbados Government Information Service, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley will soon be introducing perhaps the most enticing ‘work from home’ set up on the planet.

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Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley suggested a stamp to allow people to stay for longer on the island.Source:istock

According to CNN, the government information service said they will be looking at setting up a 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp for visitors so they can work on the island remotely, regardless of where their employer is based.

This means there will be a year-long invitation to the picturesque island, encouraging people to stay and possibly set up a remote working facility.

“You don’t need to work in Europe, or the US or Latin America if you can come here and work for a couple months at a time; go back and come back,” Mottley told CNN.

“But in order for those things to truly resonate, what does it mean? It means that what we offer has to be world-class and what we continue to offer is world-class.”

Ms Mottley said the thinking behind the stamp was to get people to spend more time in Barbados, given short trips had taken a back seat throughout the pandemic.

The Prime Minister of Barbados said they are already working on making their WI-FI stronger for possible ‘remote working guests.Source:istock

“COVID-19 has presented tremendous challenges to those countries that are tourism and travel dependent and we have reached a position where we recognise that part of the challenge relates to short term travel,” he told British Sky News.

“If we can have a mechanism that allows people who want to … take advantage of being in a different part of the world, of the sun, sea and sand, and … a stable society; one that functions well, then Barbados is a perfect place for you to come.”

Ms Mottley assured anyone considering the opportunity that WI-FI will not be a problem, with the island already considering ways to boost its connectivity.

“In terms of the broadband, we have two major telecommunications companies, and at the same time we are looking to see how we can continue to boost our national television station and move it from being a broadcasting entity to digital services,” she said in an interview with Sky News.

Live and work in Barbados sounds enticing? Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

Barbados – a country of nearly 300,000 – has recorded 103 coronavirus cases since the pandemic started in January.

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